Sr. Rita Pelletier O.P.

July 27, 1930April 3, 2018

Auburn: SISTER RITA PELLETIER, O.P. was born in Lewiston, Maine on July 27, 1930, the daughter of Joseph and Marie-Louise (Beland) Pelletier died on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at Clover Healthcare in Auburn, Maine at the age of 87. Sr. Rita was baptized and confirmed at SS Peter and Paul church and is a graduate of St. Dominic’s High School, class of 1949. Entering the Dominican Sisters in 1953 she received her initial formation in Mortefontaine, France where she made her first religious profession in 1955. Three years later she made her final religious profession in Lewiston, Maine.

Active in internal services for her Dominican Communities in Brookline, Massachusetts and Sabattus, Maine, in 1972, Sr. Rita received her Nursing degree from Central Maine Vocational Institute in Auburn. She then became a health care provider serving as a nurse at the Marcotte Home in Lewiston, the Bishop Drumm Nursing Home and the Dr. Boesen Clinic in Des Moines, Iowa.

Between 1973 and 1986, Sister Rita was at St. Anne’s Mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Klagetoh, Arizona, serving as liturgical minister, mission worker and health care provider in Klagetoh, Ganado and Page Arizona. In community, Sister Rita was a local prioress and local treasurer in Klagetoh, Arizona and Des Moines, Iowa. She was also of great service to the province as a provincial councilor from 1988 to 1992.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers the Rev. Rosaire Pelletier, OP, Maurice Pelletier, Fernand Pelletier and Adrien Pelletier. Her sisters Carmen Bachand, Jeanne Roy, Blanche Carrier and Yvonne Pelletier.

She is survived by her sister Therese Morin from Auburn, several nieces and nephews and her Dominican Sisters.

The Dominican Community thanks Sister Rita for her years of faithful service and for her positive and joy-filled attitude. The sisters want to express their gratitude to the staff at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion and Clover Healthcare for their care and compassion for Sister Rita.

A gathering will be held at Holy Cross Church 1080 Lisbon Street Tuesday April 10th 2018 from 9:30 to 11:00 followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at the Church. Rite of Committal St. Peter's Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sr. Pelletier made be made to Loaves and Fishes 61 Lisbon Rd. Sabattus, Maine 04280


  • Loaves and Fishes 61 Lisbon Rd. Sabattus, Maine 04280


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sr. Rita Pelletier O.P.

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Carol Sheldon

April 5, 2018

Really liked Sister Rita. She was always fun to be around when she lived in Des Moines, IA at St Mary's. After she moved to Lewiston, I kept in contact with her and sent her "The Word Among Us" every month. Sorry to hear of her death. ♥️👃♥️👃😓😓.